Market day signed and dated 'Thre Gérard. 1869' (lower left) oil on panel 97.5 x 80.5cm (38 3/8 x 31 11/16in).
PROVENANCE: with MacConnal-Mason & Son Ltd., London Private collection, UK
Théodore Gérard began his training in his hometown, enrolling as a pupil of the Ghent Academy. Like many Belgian artists of the day, he travelled to the new nation's capital Brussels in 1863, to start his career. He deepened his experience by travelling around Germany and the Austro-Hungarian Empire and began exhibiting internationally. His paintings were awarded medals in Philadelphia 1870, London 1871, Vienna 1873 and Brussels 1875. Having established a reputation for his charming genre scenes which drew principally from scenes of rustic life in the Low Countries, Gérard was made a professor at the Belgian national school of art, the Brussels Academy of Fine Arts. His work is represented in the Museum voor Schone Kunsten, Ghent, the Coutrai Museum and the Koninlijk Museum voor Schone Kunsten, Antwerp.